British personnel on board a Navy ship heading for west Africa will be banned from taking shore leave for three months under strict rules to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.
The RFA Argus is setting off from Cornwall for Sierra Leone later this week, with a crew of 350 including 80 medics and 80 Royal Marines.
Marines who leave the ship for operations in Sierra Leone will go through a decontamination process upon their return.
Captain David Eagles said: "No shore leave is unusual, it will be quite tough but I think people will understand. I think people are going to be quite busy.
Any personnel showing symptoms of the virus will be taken off the ship to a treatment centre before they can become infectious, Cpt Eagles added.
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